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Alexander Pope

Post Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:53 am
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    In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven
    years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary,
    pronounced the greatest translation in any language.


    A. his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion,
    and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced
    B. his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years to complete and that
    literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced
    C. his translation of the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and that
    literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it as
    D. translating the Iliad, a work that took seven years until completion and that
    literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it as
    E. translating the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and literary
    critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it

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    Post Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:54 pm
    mgmt_gmat wrote:
    In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven
    years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary,
    pronounced the greatest translation in any language.


    A. his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced - Wrong tense
    B. his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced - Correct
    C. his translation of the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it as - 'it' is not needed here
    D. translating the Iliad, a work that took seven years until completion and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it as - same as C
    E. translating the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it- same as C

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    Last edited by komal on Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:32 am; edited 2 times in total

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    Post Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:47 pm
    IMO B... because you need "took" over "taking"... also the "it" at the end of many of the sentences I feel is unecessary

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    Post Sun Feb 14, 2010 4:51 am
    The sentence says
    Quote:
    In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation
    . While the phrase
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    a work that had taken seven years to complete
    suggests making the statement after his work completion. So C and E is out. And in A and D the phrase
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    until completion
    is wrong. So correct choice is B.

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    Post Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:56 am
    very close call b/w B and D


    IMO it's D b'coz option B is wordy as it's repeatedly saying his/ him for obvious thing...

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    Post Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:25 am
    mgmt_gmat wrote:
    In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven
    years until completion, and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary,
    pronounced the greatest translation in any language.


    A. his translation of the Iliad, a work that, taking him seven years until completion,
    and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced
    B. his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years to complete and that
    literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced
    C. his translation of the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and that
    literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it as
    D. translating the Iliad, a work that took seven years until completion and that
    literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it as
    E. translating the Iliad, a work that had taken seven years to complete and literary
    critic Samuel Johnson, Pope’s contemporary, pronounced it
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    Post Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:42 am
    @ Harsha

    Thanks 4 dis link !

    But Stacy launguage is too hard for me 2 digest... Smile


    Can u explain why D is wrong.... ?


    Thanks!

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    Post Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:59 am
    Can anyone explain the redundancy in the pronoun "it" at the end of the sentence? Does "and that" not create another clause which needs a reference of the noun used in the previous clause?

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